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breathless

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Hi all. im new to sax and have just started lessons.#
id like to buy a metronome and found a Korg TM40 on Amazon the spec is as follows-

Tuner/metronome From C1 to C8 A4 = from 410 to 480 Hz Mic included for acoustic instruments From 40 to 208 BPM Beat mode, tap tempo.

can someone tell me if this is suitable for learning to play the saxophone?

thanks in advance.

Lee.
 

jbtsax

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That should be a good choice. In tuners I believe it is important that they also sound the correct pitch as well. After all, in musical performance we tune with our ears and not with our eyes.
 

Fraser Jarvis

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Hi there Lee, yes the Kork TM 40 is an ideal choice i have used one for a few years now, the tuner feature is very good, also check out the on-line metronomes, they to are very good!
 

breathless

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Thank you for the help, glad thats ok as Ive ordered one. there was a review from a sax player so it seemed it would do the job.
Fraser, I didnt give thought there might be on-line versions ! silly really, you can get everything on-line these days.

I was also looking at the clip on tuners, wondered if they were any good?

Lee.
 

kevgermany

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You can't slip an on-line tuner tinot your gig bag...

Only real downside for me of the TM40 is that the metronome is too quiet. You can use it visually, (flashing lights and swinging needle) or aurally with headphones.´You can't set it to instrument pitch, not a bad thing, as it makes you more aware of the differences between concert pitch and the sax's pitch.
 

MandyH

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Hi Lee,

I believe that's the tuner / metronome that I have (it looks like it and I can't be bothered to run upstairs and look!!)

I find it pretty useful, and use mine regularly for both checking the tuning (I always close my eyes, sound the note, then open my eyes and look at the tuner, that way you are checking the tuning, not lipping up/down to the green light) and I often use the metronome for trying to work out rhythms, or playing up to speed.

You can use it to set sub-beats (an intermediate tick on the half or quarter of a crotchet) too, so it's quite helpful when you've got fiddly rhythms to sort out.

As Kev said, it is a little quiet if you are going full tilt on a sax, although you can see the lights, but I put mine through my speaker if I really need to hear it.
 

MandyH

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if you set the metronome to (say) 80bpm with the + - tempo buttons, you can then set the beat in the bar to 2, 3, 4 etc with the beat / tap buttons or (by pressing the same buttons further) 2 quavers per beat, 4 quavers per beat etc, and this effectively give you the half-beats or quarter beats of the crotchet.
 
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